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tank cover for Mr. Aqua

Anyone knows where I can get a glass top for a Mr. Aqua 60p? I can't seem to find it anywhere.


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Glass shop. Ask them to cut plat glass to size and edge polish.
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Glass shop. Ask them to cut plat glass to size and edge polish.
What about the metal hook that goes on the side of the tank?


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To cut glass for a top, I used Michaels as Home depot and lowes doesn't do it in my area. For you, maybe you have some luck. For a hook, what would be attached?
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To cut glass for a top, I used Michaels as Home depot and lowes doesn't do it in my area. For you, maybe you have some luck. For a hook, what would be attached?
I was thinking of trying to find that ADA Garden Hook that comes with its tanks.


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Not glass but much cheaper lid option: Lexan polycarbinate from Home Depot (clear cover, no real light diffusion issues unlike the use of screen/mesh) cut with electric/circular saw (the more teeth on the blade the better) to fit and have openings for whatever needs into the tank (heater cable, filtration, etc) the use of tape to mark where to cut is very helpful and prevents scratches from the cutting process, file with sandpaper if you want smooth edges. Have them on all my covered tanks.

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I go to osh to get my glass covers, they usually hve "scrap" glass that they can cut to your specific size instead of buying a whole panel and its only like $2. For the hooks, ebay or since u live in sf you can buy em at afa


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Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to have it made out of plexiglass at TAP Plastics. Kinda bummed, I think my fish are jumping because the tank hasn't grown in yet. Didn't happen with my 50 gallon in the same spot. Lost 1 otto, 1 bushy nose pleco, and 1 hillstream loach.


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Some fish are just jumpers. Not necessarily because they're trying to escape the tank, more often something startled them while near the surface, is all.


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Not glass but much cheaper lid option: Lexan polycarbinate from Home Depot (clear cover, no real light diffusion issues unlike the use of screen/mesh) cut with electric/circular saw (the more teeth on the blade the better) to fit and have openings for whatever needs into the tank (heater cable, filtration, etc) the use of tape to mark where to cut is very helpful and prevents scratches from the cutting process, file with sandpaper if you want smooth edges. Have them on all my covered tanks.


It doesn't sag over time? If not this would be a great option!
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I guess my only worry is it yellowing over time.


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I've seen many others have recommend them, so I'm guessing sagging isn't a huge issue. Although it could be if you have hot lights especially close to it.

I worry more about cleaning acrylic/Lexan, and how easy it is to scratch, especially on something likely prone to collecting water stains from the condensation. That's my main issue with it.


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Acrylic won't yellow or discolor but it will sag eventually and it's easy to scratch. But it's cheap and easily replaced.
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Bumping an earlier thread:

So on a whim, I grabbed a sheet of Lexan and cut some strip covers for my small 17 gal tank. Needless to say, everything looked great on day 1 but on day 2 it was already sagging into the water. How thick is the plexi you people are using? Or are you doing something to reinforce the middle?

I'm thinking glass is going to be the better way to go, although getting holes for equipment pass-through is going to be tricky.

Did anyone find a good source for hangers, or is paying through the nose for the ADA hangers the best bet? EDIT: HA! Timely post, LOL! https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=746466


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